US deeply concerned about Colombia cocoa cultivation, Pompeo says

US deeply concerned about Colombia cocoa cultivation, Pompeo says

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks with Colombian President Ivan Duque at the guesthouse in
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks with Colombian President Ivan Duque at the guesthouse in Cartagena, Colombia January 2, 2019. Courtesy of Colombian Presidency/Handout via REUTERS

BOGOTA: The United States is deeply concerned about an increase in cocoa cultivation in Colombia, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday, but will work with the Andean country to cut production in half by the end of 2023.

Pompeo and Colombian President Ivan Duque also discussed the crisis in neighbouring Venezuela during a Wednesday meeting, Pompeo said. 

Hyperinflation and food and medicine shortages have spurred more than three million Venezuelans to flee over the past several years, including more than a million who now live in Colombia.

(Reporting by Julia Symmes Cobb; Editing by Helen Murphy and Phil Berlowitz)

Source: Reuters

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